Nature, friends and good food… three of my favorite things!
I was recently able to spent a few days enjoying each of these and I’m feeling so refreshed from the experience!
I gathered with a group of food bloggers in Carmel Valley, California, for a 3 day retreat. We had an amazing time and I am very excited to share our trip with you!
The purpose of this post is two fold…
I am thrilled to share with you the gorgeous location of our retreat, Holman Ranch, as well as sharing a carefully curated group of sponsors that made our retreat possible.
But I also want to encourage you to find a way to have a day (or a couple days) with time for friends, time for silence, time to enjoy a meal (or two) and time to do absolutely nothing.
I’ll just speak for myself, but I imagine that much of this will be true for others…
My life is busy! It’s packed with driving and cooking and cleaning and e-mails and deadlines and things that don’t go according to plans… and kids crying and sirens and neighbor’s barking dogs!
Please don’t mis-understand me… my life is awesome! My husband and kids are amazing, and my life is filled with far more blessings than I deserve!
But often my life is overflowing with a few too many “to dos” and stresses and noise.
A little break now and then is just the perfect thing to help me reflect on all the positive things in my life and peel back a layer or two of the excess stress and pressures of a busy life.
I imagine a break would do wonders for most of you as well =)
Please join me as I share the details of our Blogger Refresh Retreat and hopefully you’ll be inspired to plan a little getaway for yourself and a few friends.
Our host for the retreat was Holman Ranch, located in gorgeous Carmel Valley, California. The location could have not been any more amazing!
Holman Ranch features a truly private setting nestled in the hills. Once we arrived at Holman Ranch we could not hear or see any other homes, business or roads… we felt like we were in our own little world!
I have lots more details to share on our location, but let me start from the beginning.
Our three day retreat began in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint little ocean side town along the central coast of California. We drove from our homes and/or the airport and met up for a late lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Here is our crazy (and crazy amazing) group…
Bottom left, then clockwise…
Dorothy (Crazy for Crust), Hayley (The Domestic Rebel), Amy F. (Very Culinary), Heather (Heather’s French Press), Glory (that’s me), Mindy (Creative Juice), Cathy (Lemon Tree Dwelling), Lisa (Wine and Glue), Trish (Mom On Timeout), (not pictured) Amy A. (Amy’s Healthy Baking)